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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Basic Instinct: Cardinal Feeds Goldfish

My nephew asked why the Robins throw worms in the pond. I know the fish enjoy them and it did remind me of the old photo by Paul Lemmons.

Birds' parental instincts kick in at the sight of small open mouths eliciting an inborn response to feed. The photo shows a Northern Cardinal delivering worms to a goldfish at the edge of a garden pond. The gaping mouths of the fish stimulated the bird. The goldfish, accustomed to being fed at the surface, didn't care who was doing the feeding.

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Joy K. said...

That picture is pretty close to the top of the Coolest Things Ever list.

Spurwing Plover said...

Pretty incredible and funny to see a Bird feeding the Fish